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Becoming a Graduate Music Major

 

An application to any of the Master of Music programs includes an application to the Graduate College, an audition or portfolio review in the School of Music, and an interview with the Coordinator of Music Graduate Studies or area coordinator. In order to ensure full consideration for music scholarships and assistantships, applicants must have all Graduate College documents on file by January 15 and auditions or portfolio reviews completed by February 2.

Preparing your Graduate School and Audition or Portfolio Applications

Step 1

All MM - Music and MM - Music Education applicants must apply to the Graduate College

  • If you are applying for consideration into one of our MM - Music degree programs, detailed instructions for completion and upload of all Graduate College requirements can be found on the Graduate College MUSIC page.
  • If you are applying for consideration into one of our MM - Music Education degree programs, detailed instructions for completion and upload of all Graduate College requirements can be found on the Graduate College MUSIC EDUCATION page.
  • The application to the Graduate College, regardless of degree involves:
    • Completing an application form (including fee) through ApplyTexas.
    • Activating your NetID
    • Submitting the following documents:
    • Official transcripts of your undergraduate degree(s)
    • English Proficiency (TOEFL) for international students
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Résumé
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • International students visit the Graduate College's International Student Information page for detailed information regarding additional requirements.

Step 2

Submit your online Audition Request or Portfolio submission through Acceptd including all required submissions outlined below based on your degree program.

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  • Submit your online Portfolio through Acceptd.

    • Required Uploads
      • A current resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) in either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.
      • Portfolio documents
        • A video or unlisted YouTube video recording of a 20-minute demonstration of teaching skills in a normal music classroom setting or rehearsal (do not submit a concert performance).
        • A copy of your State music teacher certification or licensure and evidence of two years of successful classroom music teaching (for example, teacher evaluation forms from your administrator, performance evaluations such as UIL. adjudicator forms, or awards). Applicants for the Kodály concentration may request a waiver for the two-year teaching requirement.
        • An essay describing your philosophy of teaching.

    All interested applicants should contact Dr. John Denis (john.denis@txstate.edu) with questions about studies in music education at Texas State University.

    Applications accepted until June 15th as space allows

  • Submit your online Portfolio through Acceptd.

    • Required Uploads
      • A current resume in either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Be sure your resume includes an objective statement, all music honors, awards, and/or productions you have participated in, academic awards, organizations (e.g. Pi Kappa Lambda), and any work/volunteer experience. 
      • Portfolio documents
        • Two to three scores of original music as PDF’s or Sibelius files (Media tab) with recordings (if available).
        • One additional work without a notated score (electronic music, non-notated music, film scores) will be considered as a complement to notated scores. Include a short description of the work as context for faculty members reviewing your portfolio.

     

    We will provide results of your portfolio review as soon as possible. Interviews for approved applicants will be arranged with the area coordinator.   

     

    All interested applicants should contact Dr. Michael Ippolito (michaelippolito@txstate.edu) with questions about studies in composition at Texas State University.

     

    Applications accepted until June 15th as space allows

  • Submit your online pre-screen video through Acceptd.

    • Required Uploads
      • A current resume in either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Be sure your resume includes an objective statement, all music honors, awards, and/or productions you have participated in, academic awards, organizations (e.g. Pi Kappa Lambda), and any work/volunteer experience. 
      • Pre-screen documents
        • Choral (fall applicants)
          • Video demonstrating rehearsal techniques and two pieces demonstrating your conducting for the entire piece with the camera focused on you, the conductor.
        • Choral (summer applicants)
          • Proof of a degree in choral/vocal music or have relative experience and have a minimum of 3 years of excellence as a professional conductor/educator.
          • Videos that focus on the conductor with a center view, of you:
            • Conducting a complete octavo or movement of a large work that includes polyphony
            • Conducting a complete octavo or movement of a larger work that demonstrates phrase-shaping and dynamic conture.
            • 15 minutes of rehearsal - does not need to be continuous
        • Instrumental – Band
          • 20 – 30-minute video of yourself conducting an ensemble or various ensembles. The video must be taken from the players point of view (front view of you as the conductor). Ideally, the video will include both rehearsal and performance footage, however, both are not required.
        • Instrumental – Orchestral
          • 20 – 30-minute video of yourself conducting an orchestra or string ensemble. The video must be taken from the players point of view (front view of conductor). Ideally, the video will include both rehearsal and performance footage, however, both are not required.

    We will provide results of your pre-screening as soon as possible. Live auditions for approved applicants will be arranged with the area coordinator.    

     

    All interested choral applicants should contact Dr. Joey Martin (joey.martin@txstate.edu) with questions about studies in choral conducting at Texas State University.

    All interested instrumental - band applicants should contact Dr. Caroline Beatty (ccbeatty@txstate.edu) with questions about studies in choral conducting at Texas State University.

    All interested instrumental - orchestral applicants should contact Dr. Jacob Harrison (jacob.harrison@txstate.edu) with questions about studies in choral conducting at Texas State University.

     

    Applications accepted until June 15th as space allows

  • Submit your online Portfolio through Acceptd.

    • Required Uploads
      • Portfolio document(s)
        • A research paper or sample of scholarly writing in Microsoft Word or PDF.

     

    All interested applicants should contact Dr. Ludim Pedroza (ludimpedroza@txstate.edu) with questions about studies in music history and literature at Texas State University.

     

    Applications accepted until July 15th as space allows

  • Submit your online Audition request through Acceptd. Your application is due two weeks prior to your selected audition date (see below). Live auditions are preferred; however, if auditioning in person is not possible due to geographic distance from campus (out-of-state/our-of-country), select Media Only as your audition date. Then, attach a recorded video audition of the materials required by your instrument (see step 3) to your Audition application – media tab. Audition dates and application submission deadlines:

    Saturday, November 3 --> Applications Due: October 20

    Saturday, December 1 --> Applications Due: November 17

    Saturday, February 2 --> Applications Due: January 19

    Saturday, March 2 --> Applications Due: February 18

     

    • Required Uploads
      • A current resume in either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Be sure your resume includes an objective statement, all music honors, awards, and/or productions you have participated in, academic awards, organizations (e.g. Pi Kappa Lambda), and any work/volunteer experience. 

     

    Select your music based on the Audition Requirements for the instrument indicated in your application.

  • Submit your online Audition request through Acceptd. Your application is due two weeks prior to your selected audition date (see below). Live auditions are preferred; however, if auditioning in person is not possible due to geographic distance from campus (out-of-state/our-of-country), select Media Only as your audition date. Then, attach a recorded video audition of the materials required by your instrument/voice part (see step 3) to your Audition application – media tab. Audition dates and application submission deadlines:

    Saturday, November 3 --> Applications Due: October 20

    Saturday, February 2 --> Applications Due: January 19

    Saturday, March 2 --> Applications Due: February 18

    Saturday, April 6 --> Applications Due: March 23

     

    • Required Uploads
      • A current resume in either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Be sure your resume includes an objective statement, all music honors, awards, and/or productions you have participated in, academic awards, organizations (e.g. Pi Kappa Lambda), and any work/volunteer experience. 

     

    Select your music based on the Audition Requirements for the instrument indicated in your application.

  • Submit your online Audition request through Acceptd. Your application is due two weeks prior to your selected audition date (see below). Live auditions are preferred; however, if auditioning in person is not possible due to geographic distance from campus (out-of-state/our-of-country), select Media Only as your audition date. Then, attach a recorded video audition of the materials required by your instrument/voice part (see step 3) to your Audition application – media tab. Audition dates and application submission deadlines:

    Saturday, November 3 --> Applications Due: October 20

    Saturday, February 2 --> Applications Due: January 19

    Saturday, March 2 --> Applications Due: February 18

    Saturday, April 6 --> Applications Due: March 23

     

    • Required Uploads
      • A current resume in either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Be sure your resume includes an objective statement, all music honors, awards, and/or productions you have participated in, academic awards, organizations (e.g. Pi Kappa Lambda), and any work/volunteer experience. 

     

    Select your music based on the Audition Requirements for the instrument indicated in your application.

  • Submit your online Portfolio through Acceptd.

    • Required Uploads
      • Portfolio documents
        • A research paper or sample of scholarly writing in Microsoft Word or PDF.
        • A composition or pastiche writing (optional).

     

    All interested applicants should contact Dr. Cynthia Gonzales (cynthia.gonzales@txstate.edu) or Dr. Nico Schüler (nico.schuler@txstate.edu) with questions about studies in music theory at Texas State University.

     

    Applications accepted until July 15th as space allows

  • Submit your online Audition request through Acceptd. Instrumentalists applications are due two weeks prior to your selected audition date. Vocalist applications are due one month prior to your selected audition date (see below). Live auditions are preferred; however, if auditioning in person is not possible due to geographic distance from campus (out-of-state/our-of-country), select Media Only as your audition date. Then, attach a recorded video audition of the materials required by your instrument/voice part (see step 3) to your Audition application – media tab. Instrumental audition dates and application submission deadlines:

    Saturday, November 3 --> Instrumental Applications Due: October 20

    Saturday, February 2 --> Instrumental Applications Due: January 19

    Saturday, March 2 --> Instrumental Applications Due: February 18

    Saturday, April 6 --> Instrumental Applications Due: March 23

     

    • Required Uploads
      • A current resume in either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Be sure your resume includes an objective statement, all music honors, awards, and/or productions you have participated in, academic awards, organizations (e.g. Pi Kappa Lambda), and any work/volunteer experience. 
      • A pre-screen video(s) (Media tab). Pre-screen video requirements can be found on the Audition Requirements link (see step 3). Vocal audition dates and application submission deadlines:

    Saturday, November 3 --> Vocal Applications Due: October 6

    Saturday, December 1 --> Vocal Applications Due: November 3

    Saturday, February 2 --> Vocal Applications Due: January 5

    Saturday, March 2 --> Vocal Applications Due: February 2

     

    Vocalists: We will provide results of your pre-screening as soon as possible. Approved applicants will be invited to audition live on the date selected.

     

    Select your music based on the Audition Requirements for the instrument indicated in your application.

  • Submit your online Audition request through Acceptd. Your application is due one month prior to your selected audition date (see below). Live auditions are preferred; however, if auditioning in person is not possible due to geographic distance from campus (out-of-state/our-of-country), select Media Only as your audition date. Then, attach a recorded video audition of the materials required by your voice part (see step 3) to your Audition application – media tab. Application dates and application submission deadlines:

    Saturday, November 3 --> Applications Due: October 6

    Saturday, December 1 --> Applications Due: November 3

    Saturday, February 2 --> Applications Due: January 5

    Saturday, March 2 --> Applications Due: February 2

     

    • Required Uploads
      • A current resume in either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Be sure your resume includes an objective statement, all music honors, awards, and/or productions you have participated in, academic awards, organizations (e.g. Pi Kappa Lambda), and any work/volunteer experience. 
      • A pre-screen video(s) (Media tab). Pre-screen video requirements can be found on the Audition Requirements link (see step 3).

     

    We will provide results of your pre-screening as soon as possible. Approved applicants will be invited to audition live on the date selected.

     

    Select your music based on the Audition Requirements for your voice part indicated in your application.

  • Submit your online Audition request through Acceptd. Your application is due two weeks prior to your selected audition date (see below). Live auditions are preferred; however, if auditioning in person is not possible due to geographic distance from campus (out-of-state/our-of-country), select Media Only as your audition date. Then, attach a recorded video audition of the materials required by your instrument (see step 3) to your Audition application – media tab. Instrumental audition dates and application submission deadlines:

    Saturday, November 3 --> Applications Due: October 20

    Saturday, February 2 --> Applications Due: January 19

    Saturday, March 2 --> Applications Due: February 18

    Saturday, April 6 --> Applications Due: March 23

     

    • Required Uploads
      • A current resume in either a .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Be sure your resume includes an objective statement, all music honors, awards, and/or productions you have participated in, academic awards, organizations (e.g. Pi Kappa Lambda), and any work/volunteer experience. 

     

    Select your music based on the Audition Requirements for the instrument indicated in your application.

Step 3

Select your music based on the Audition Requirements for your primary instrument, voice part, or area indicated in your application.


MM - Music, all Performance concentrations Audition Day Information

  • 8:30am: Check-in begins
  • 9:15am: Auditions and Interviews begin. Student guides lead tours of the Performing Arts Center.
    • Tours will leave from the School of Music lobby every 30 minutes until auditions conclude.

For the faculty you will complete your performance audition on your primary instrument for studio/degree plan acceptance consideration. If you are auditioning for Fall 2019 acceptance you will also be considered for School of Music scholarships at the same time (no additional application/procedure is required).

NOTE: Live auditions are preferred; however, if you are unable to audition in person due to geographic distance from campus (ex. out-of-state/international) you may attach a recorded audition that represents your best performing abilities to your Audition Request media tab.

Music Auditions Contact

Krystyn Jensen

Phone: 512.245.7928

Email: musicauditions@txstate.edu


What to expect after your Audition

  • Acceptance to the School of Music is contingent upon admission to the Graduate College. NOTE: If you have not submitted all documents to the Graduate College, audition results will be delayed. When your audition or portfolio review has been completed in the School of Music and the Graduate College materials have been submitted, your grade point average (GPA) will be calculated. The School of Music will then make an admission recommendation to the Graduate Dean with whom the final decision rests.
  • After an admission decision has been made, applicants will receive email notification from the Graduate College at the email address provided on the ApplyTexas application. Applicants admitted to a degree-seeking program will also receive a letter via U.S. Mail. For additional information regarding application status, please see the following link on the Graduate College website: http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/admissions/policy.html#decision. If accepted, please email Dr. Al Corley, ac44@txstate.edu, to confirm your attendance plans and arrange an advising session. You will be cleared to register upon acceptance.
  • Music scholarship offers and graduate assistant offers will be sent by email by the end of March.  
    • If you accept a music scholarship offer from another institution prior to April 15th and decide to accept a music scholarship offer from TXST instead, you must notify the original institution prior to April 15th; otherwise the TXST offer is void.
    • Graduate Assistant positions are awarded separately from scholarships. Applicants awarded assistantships will receive a separate email letter providing the details of the position. Instructions for accepting the assistantship will be included.

As prescribed by the National Association of Schools of Music, your declaration of intent to attend once accepted as a graduate music major and any acceptance of a scholarship/assistantship are not binding before April 15. After April 15, written approval is required to release you from your signed commitment to Texas State to attend elsewhere.


Graduate Music Coordinator

Dr. Alton Corley

Phone: 512.245.7387

Email: ac44@txstate.edu